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Exploring Clinical Research Careers: 4 Interesting Paths to Consider

Clinical Research is an important field that is crucial in advancing medical treatments, devices, and drugs. It systematically investigates new treatments and interventions to determine their safety and efficacy for human use. The field is constantly evolving and offers a range of careers for those interested in the intersection of medicine, science, and technology. 

The NeuAge Institute’s Drug Development, Clinical Research, and Pharmacovigilance program offers a rigorous, hands-on approach to clinical research, pharmacovigilance, and associated industrial pursuits. During the program, students will attain in-depth knowledge of industry concepts and technologies and develop skills necessary for a successful career in the industry. If you are considering clinical research training, this blog will introduce you to four exciting and lucrative career paths in the field.

1. Clinical Trial Assistant

If providing administrative support is one of your professional skills, consider a position as a Clinical Trial Assistant after your clinical research training. Clinical Trial Assistants (CTAs) support the work of Clinical Research Associates, Project Managers, and other members of a clinical operations team.

A clinical trial assistant after clinical research training provides administrative support to clinical operations teams.

As a Clinical Trial Assistant, you’ll be in charge of making sure that the trial is carried out in line with ethical and legal requirements laid out by the FDA and that all trial-related paperwork is accurate and up to date. Along with supervising data collection and analysis, CTAs oversee trial participant safety. People that are meticulous, well-organized, and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills are the best fit for this position.

2. Clinical Research Project Manager

Do your skills align more closely with project management? A Clinical Research Project Manager position is perfect for you. Clinical Research Project Managers (CRPMs) handle the supervision of the organization, conduct, and conclusion of clinical trials. They ensure that the trials follow the regulatory requirements, ethical standards, and research protocol. To guarantee that the trials are finished on schedule, within budget, and to the requisite quality standards, CRPMs collaborate closely with trial teams, sponsors, and regulatory bodies.

You also qualify for a position as a clinical research project manager after your clinical research program.

Our Clinical Research Program at NAI prepares you for success in this position by brushing up your knowledge of necessary ethical and regulatory standards and requirements for the role.  In addition, our program helps you develop strong leadership abilities, project management know-how, and a thorough comprehension of the clinical research process necessary for this position.

3. Clinical Research Scientist

Want to make the most of your research abilities? Clinical Research Scientists are responsible for designing and conducting clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of new treatments and interventions. They work closely with trial teams, regulatory agencies, and sponsor organizations to ensure that the trials are conducted by ethical and regulatory standards. As a Clinical Research Scientist, you’ll also play a key role in analyzing and interpreting trial data and preparing reports and publications. This role is ideal for individuals who are passionate about science and have a strong understanding of the clinical research process.

4. Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a specialized research professional working with and under the direction of the clinical Principal Investigator (PI). While the Principal Investigator is primarily responsible for the overall design, conduct, and management of the clinical trial, the CRC supports, facilitates and coordinates the daily clinical trial activities and plays a critical role in the conduct of the study. By performing these duties, the CRC works with the PI, department, sponsor, and institution to support and provide guidance on the administration of the compliance, financial, personnel and other related aspects of the clinical study. Duties Include:

  • Obtain informed consent, recruiting, screening, and enrolling study participants
  • Collect subject data, entering and analyzing data, and compiling reports, and adhering to proper research protocols.
  • Prepare documentation, reports, graphs, and other materials. Keep appropriate logs, track participants, and prepare study materials
  •  Process, prepare, and ship laboratory specimens

A career in clinical research can be both challenging and rewarding. Whether you are interested in supporting the conduct of trials, managing trial teams, conducting research, or analyzing data, there are many opportunities to explore. Each of the four careers outlined above offers its own unique set of challenges and rewards and provides a platform to make a positive impact on human health. If you are interested in pursuing a career in clinical research, consider your skills and interests, and research the available opportunities in your area.

Interested in clinical research careers?

Contact the NeuAge Institute for more information!

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